If you look at my blog history, you'll see that August was a very slow month here at Come Together Kids (like only two posts all month, yikes). Now, I'm going to be realistic and assume that your lives got just as busy as mine did. In fact, I'm willing to bet that most of you didn't even notice that I hadn't posted in nearly three weeks.
However, for those of you who have kids who weren't driving you nuts and who were eagerly awaiting a new post detailing a fun craft, recipe or trip... I apologize!
You see, as much as I love my kids (and I do, I truly do), by this last month of summer vacation, I was beat. Being with them all day, every day, was exhausting. I thought their toddler years were bad, but the volume of their whining and sibling squabbles has become even louder as they've grown older. We still did some fun things, but by the end of the day, I was too tired to blog about it.
Of course, I'll admit, there were also days when we didn't do much of anything fun. For my sanity (and their safety), the only option was to make sure they each stayed in separate rooms. There were no fun outings, there were no mommy and kid meals gathered around the table, and there were no cute or clever projects. Instead, they watched way too much tv and spent hours playing video games. They ate their lunches or dinners on paper plates in whatever room they were in. Did I feel guilty? Yup. Am I going to let it bother me? Not too much. (They did do some reading and drawing on their own)
And then there's the state of my house. You see, I've always loved quotes like the one below. I wanted my kids to be happy and I didn't care if the house was a little messy.
However, after ten years of kids in the house, my house wasn't just a little messy, it was dirty and the clutter was overflowing. Plus, there were many days this summer when the kids weren't happy, they were fighting like crazy AND my house was messy on top of it all! So, I actually spent a good part of this past month decluttering. I took three van loads of stuff to Goodwill and tried to get a handle on things. The house is still messy, but I can open a closet now without needing a hard hat.
So, it wasn't quite the August I had planned in my mind ~ either for the blog or for my kids. However, we made it through the summer and my kids just got on the bus for their first day of school. I'll be catching up here on the blog, so get ready for lots of new posts (many of them sharing the things we did this summer that I was too tired to blog about at the time!)
I'll leave you with one last quote from my Pinterest boards...
Because no matter how many things we do right and how many things we wish we were doing better, I think we all can say that we love our children deeply!